It was an explosive tribal council (TC). People thought it reached critical mass when Richard addressed the "whining" and complaints of the Tala tribe. But it was the sudden exit (or should we say quitting?) of Jackie and Angelicopter that ended the episode with a big bang.
It seemed we were already being conditioned when Jackie and Angeli had a "session" with the island counselor after the immunity challenge. Doc must have been exhausted after consecutive days of "treating" the other CAs or was she busy helping Gen we're really not sure.
Mama Bel (Maria Isabel Lopez) has spun a few tales so I guess that one story got to Jackie and Angeli's nerves. It ate up every morale fiber in their body and it was spreading like a cancer/disease.
The questioning was well structured. From asking if the tribe was ok. To how Tala lost to a physically dominating tribe. The intensity of emotions Jackie and Angeli shown during the challenge. When some perceived Mama Bel as a cancer to the tribe. Then Mama Bel complimented Carlo as a good player.
Suddenly before the vote...Boom! Richard wants to address Tala's whining. It turns out Tala has been the tribe with the most complaints in any season. If Tara from season 2 was on this tribe she would be eligible for ms congeniality. One guesses since the castaways (CA) have no access to their twitter accounts, they just commented the old fashion way: complain and whine to the production staff. The same production staff that some Tala CAs have pointed out that should have provided the fairness and safety to all CAs.
Well, the castaways were honest enough to tell Richard what they were whining about. Jackie complained about fairness since they had to take a 15 minute walk to get to the challenge area. Filo then feared for their safety ever since the boat incident. So would one brave the seas again or take a less stressful hike? Hey there is always Richard's sea plane when Tala goes down to 4 tribemates.
But in the end, Richard challenged them to toughen up. So to fill in the blanks on Richards statement: "If you like pampering, you should've joined *****. Was he referring to Stef's statement that people join FB (if you don't like backstabbing)? Was he referring to twitter, since you can do it while being pampered in a spa? Or was he referring to another reality show which explains a lot since one should not promote a show from a rival network which is why there was the blurred mouth and muted part?
On the lighter side, one is relieved to know that shooing of snakes is not part of the job description of being a member of the production staff. Otherwise, a lot of CAs would have been driven off their camps.
For a few minutes, it was kind of suspicious what Jackie and Angeli were whispering to each other when Richard announced it was time to vote. Was Angeli conferring which pair was going? Then the big revelation from the pair was that they would no longer continue on the game. Richard did his best to explain that they would be quitting and did give them a chance to explain why they were doing it. Jackie thought that the game was making her do something she didn't her children wouldn't be proud off. Angeli being the loyal friend supported the decision to quit though they said they could have went on and were undaunted of the other challenges.
So following in the steps of Geneva from Bulan, their name tags were taken off from their torches and thrown near the campfire pit. Added to that, they were not given the honor of getting their torches snuffed before taking their walk of shame and exit interview. Like what Richard said, there's no room for quitters.
This was certainly a big blow to Tala. They lost a huge advantage from the exit of Jackie and Angeli. Mama Bel is still in the game and gets to use the immunity bracelet for another TC. This means another few days to spin more tales and to the dread of Ellen, spread her cancer/disease. Since Mama Bel can't sit out two consecutive challenges, they'll have to find the best way to put her on the rotation of players. A she stays longer, the more info she can feed to Bulan through the Nippongo connection with Mara.
While there's a lot of things to digest for this episode, a lot of questions still hang in the air. Would Mama Bel follow suit and quit before using her immunity? Will Tala have the same string of bad luck Bulan had in the beginning? Would Ellen call upon the medic team to extract the disease/cancer in their tribe? Will Betong and Maey ever get to participate in TC when their tribemates have been conversing in English? They were awfully silent but so was Chuckie and Arthur.
So tomorrow the tribes get a surprise visit from Ms Anabel Rama and Ruffa Gutierez. Well keeping up with the Gutierez family could be a good spin off show coming from this season. Its dance dance revolution challenge and the castaways would have to shake their tail feathers to get the reward. Till then, we can monitor the posts in twitter and FB.
Being a castaway (CA) was probably the most difficult real character these celebrities will ever be in. The stage was an island with the most minimal comforts. When there were breaks in the filming, there were no chairs with their names waiting for them. No airconditioned trailer. No buffet catering. Not even a cellphone to send their latest controversial tweet. The hardest realization was probably that they were on their own and trying to co-exist with other celebrity castaways.
I never played the game and if it is any consolation, I'll just be safely watching the show in the comfort of my living room with my snacks, drinks, and the laptop to just check the fb comments or tweets from fellow dotcomers, viewers, and some "bitter gourd" people. Not worrying where to forage or fish my next meal, or if there is enough firewood, or if a snake will snuggle up with me in bed.
During their stay in the island, some CA's would probably have mumbled, "Man these times are hard.", quoting a line in a song from "The Script". Sure there were a lot of things to complain about. Reality of the game struck them the instant their two feet were planted on the shore of the island. The daily grind of physical exhaustion, mental fatigue, and overwhelmed emotions was slowly taking its toll to all the CAs.
But these are grown men and women who signed up for the show and were well aware that they would be subjected to the harshness of nature. They would be competing with fellow castaways and at some points, things were going to be a little ugly. Maybe some of the CAs haven't watched any season of Survivor Philippines (SP) or any Survivor franchise but did anyone expect this to be a long paid for vacation? Seriously, no one was allowed to bring their sun screen/block protection lotion.
So its Day 6 or 7 and CAs have aired their grievances to Richard during tribal council (TC). It is safe to assume that that some may already have been thinking of quitting. So its no wonder why the host would give a sermon (rather a wake up call) in TC explaining that SP is outwit, outplay, outlast and does not include outwhine.
It is a personal belief that Richard is the best authority present in the TC to talk about not whining or quitting in the game. Sure he was never a castaway in any season but let us go through the arguments.
Richard is one of the most successful lead actors of his generation with multiple high rating tv shows and movie box-office hits. A certified A-list celebrity. But when he was made host of SP and would be out in the island for 30 plus days did he whine and threatened to quit? No.
In other instances, did he complain, whine, or almost quit: 1) when he was asked to jump out of a helicopter and land into the sea in season 3? 2) when he probably had countless foot cramps for pacing back and forth every time he had to explain a reward or immunity challenge? 3) when he had soreness in his throat for continuously shouting while officiating / narrating the play by play during a challenge? 4) when he had to endure hours of throwing questions in TC and absorbing the castaways answers late in the night or up to the wee hours of the morning? or 5) when he forego countless opportunities to have the highest grossing philippine movie of all time and become the box office actor for the year (Not that he would be given the role of a gay soldier or an unfaithful husband)?
But bottomline, did he ever wanted to leave the show or doubt the capability of the production staff? We saw him complete season 3 and there were no indications someone else had to stand-in for him during the filming of the current season.
But kidding aside, being a host is a challenging job. For this TC, he was tasked to give "tough love" to the CAs who were folding under the pressures of island life and doubting the production staff. A pep talk to boost their morale will probably be given next but Richard knew he had to be firm with the CAs. Just like a drill sergeant in boot camp, he has to remind them of the reality they are in. That they had to toughen up or leave. The kid's gloves are off.
It would be interesting to see tonight how the CAs will be reacting to Richard's challenge to them. The swearing will be interesting since no footage has been shown in any season with the host being this intense. I wonder if he still sends off Tala with the good spirits protecting them or something. So lets watch how TC goes tonight and if the twitter universe will be flooded with comments from the viewers and current CAs.
all indications point that one pair of the original Tala tribe will be getting the snuffer from Richard tonight. Some say, it won't be amaaazing.
9. A graffiti fan post from Survivor Philippines Facebook . When Geneva cries about her career devastation
8.Looking forward for an ALL STARS Season. Too early ?
7. Hey, steamy.
6.Nov.21. We don't have the bola bola challenge yet the raging balls of fire were uncontrollable.
5.Fish and Disease. Which came first?
4. Castaway Lesson 101: Bring kodigo.
3. Family comes first.
2. Real Fans Sentiments: This is not your usual Reality Show!
1. Season 3 Best Player Speaks Out
Will these public/vocal expression of Castaways during the airing of Survivor help their careers? From what I understand the SHOW's filming is sooo over thus any words or statements after the 30 days would reflect your personality beyond being a Survivor Castaway. Their rants and raves may uplift or negate their image as a celebrity status (if they do have) or may eventually contribute to fan votes (if there will be).
I am crossing my fingers though, about the no-freaking-fan-votes during the final Tribal Council. Please show, indulge us except that.
Nobody said SP was for the weak of heart. Bulan literally "bulldozed" their way to their second consecutive win. John and Arnold lead the charge for Bulan as they once again showed their physical dominance and one would say aggressive offense style attributed to the rough playing in the sport of Rugby.
But before we go any further, lets have a quick review of the previous episode. Tala was given major tv time, but it was Mama Bel (Maria Isabel Lopez), previously from Bulan and now with Tala, who had the spotlight. In a nut shell, Mama Bel also showed her mental dominance to her new tribe, Tala. She was spinning so many tales that it caused a "minor paranoia" in the tribe. The most logical explanation was that Mama Bel took the temptation reward and has an immunity bracelet. But there was no way to confirm that there was an immunity bracelet (insert Swiper, from Dora the Explorer, moment when Tala rummage thorugh Mama bel's bag). Good thinking for Mama Bel to hide the bracelet near the family jewels. It also helped that SP kept blurring Mama Bel's underwear so maybe that kept Tala from seeing the bracelet. Hmmmm...
Tala was so wary of Mama Bel's story of tribal shuffle that it kept the tribemates strategizing till the wee hours of the night. Mothers do really have the best bed time stories.
Of course there was just a scene in Bulan where Steff admited she can back stab anyone. So for those who don't like her, just stick to your FB. On a personal note, try to avoid twitter if you don't want to be in the middle of a blood bath.
Back to the current episode. For those who haven't seen a rugby match, John and Arnold's playing style may look like a scene from a WWE (wrestling) episode. But rugby is a totally physical contact sport without the safety of protective gear you see in American football. They may not hack someone with a paddle or roll over a huge wooden ball over you in a daily basis, but they are used to the pushing, pulling, shoving, and pinning down to/from their opponents.
Though Tala lost badly, the play of the day goes to Betong who took down John during the first round of the "Bola-Bola" challenge or what one can dub as the "Stay-out-of-the-way-or-you-may-get-hurt" challenge. Betong even proudly flexed his arms. Dude, those are weapons of mass destruction. KC and Mara get second place for holding their ground.
OMG! Carlo had two scary moments. Props go to Carlo for keeping his cool. One would wonder if it was Chuckie in the receiving end of those beatings. So far, the episodes were never lacking in drama. Angeli and Jackie made sure the Volcano boys got an earful from them.
Stef was obviously in some great pain to even compete but changing the format from 3 versus 3 girls to 2 boys and 1 girl per tribe was a huge advantage for Bulan. The all girl fight would not only have been entertaining but looked liked equally matched.
All in all, Bulan was the stronger team in this challenge. John and Arnold were the aggressive offensive machines. Mara and KC were the defensive specialists. Gino had a good all around game. Steff, well had second degree burns but did compete in the first round so everyone did contribute for the win.
On Monday, we will be witnessing one of the most heated tribal councils that even the host reached a boiling point. But I would like to see the game play that would unfold. Tala wanted Mama Bel out but are not sure if she has immunity. Cannibalism comes early to a tribe who thought they were united. Alliances will be formed to oust the weaker pair. But Tala may gamble that Mama Bell won't be pulling out anything inside her shorts and unanimously vote her off. Mama Bel with immunity in one hand can opt to take out the strongest pair (Arthur and Carlo) or stick to her principle of voting off the most useless and brainless (not sure who). After Mama Bel casts her vote, she can utter the famous line of Boy Pick Up: BOOM! In any case, one can say Betong and Mae would be safe in this situation.
It will be a drama filled Monday. Most interesting to see if someone actually quit and when Richard launches some F bombs. Whatever happens, its gonna be one explosive night.
Well, this is once again a non-recap. If you want a blow-by-blow account, go to the other site that starts with survivorphilippines and then ended with a dot tv. These are just impressions by this humble poster.
It appears that the "temptation" reward was not so tempting after all. Tala tribe members shied away from the offer thinking that there's no such thing as a free lunch in Survivor Philippines. So, Angeli and Jackie where the ones left to hear Richard's "special offer". Although the reward meant two individual immunity bracelets, the pair would have to split up with one going to the other tribe. And to totally scare off any possible chance of someone agreeing to this, if one is voted off, the other one also leaves the game.
Considering that Tala just won the immunity idol and materials for a better shelter and fire, the two weren't really going to just give up on a good thing. But Richard did gave them a few more moments to think about it as he presented the bracelets with one on each of his palms. Still, both decided that it wasn't the best deal at the time. One thinks Angeli and Jackie followed a basic rule in smart shopping: always think twice when jewel vendors approach you on a tourist spot.
It was probably too early in the game anyway to consider Richard's offer unless: a) your partner doesn't really like you or b) your partner wants to go home and would probably give you his/her bracelet and go to the tribe that will be having tribal council. That would have been ideal for Geneva and KC. But then again, this new twist has been incorporated to the challenges. Sooner or later some pair will find it harder to resist Richard's charms...I mean individual immunity bracelets for whatever reason. Maybe Richard can throw in a "cellphone" to sweeten the deal. On why would any cast away (CA) think Richard would give a cellphone on the first challenge is still a mystery.
Tala had flint but it was as good as just paper weight since the first several attempts did not catch fire. The tribe even resorted in going back to rubbing bamboo sticks. Some said the flint was too wet to begin with. It wasn't until the day after (Day 4) when Jackie proved to be the master of the flint and made a decent flame for Tala to work on.
Bulan may have had a string of bad luck but at least they got KC back. KC proved to be the fire expert as he again effortlessly got things burning by rubbing bamboo sticks. Kids, don't try this at home without adult supervision.
Then they also found oysters which is a good source of food. But just like last season, the CAs again are hypnotically driven to some crazy dancing which many have attributed to eating oysters. This time around, some of the CAs, used their shirts to fashion out ninja masks as the whole tribe danced in what some would call the Fil-Am version of the "shaggedy-shaggedy-sha-po-po".
Ms. Maribel and daughter Mara shared a rare mother and daughter moment in front of Bulan. Ms Maribel already accepted the fact that she wouldn't really stay long in the island. She just wanted her daughter to get in the game. Seeing Mara accept her mother's statements makes one wish that everyone could see the sacrifices parents make for their children.
This was touching as one would go out of his/her comfort zone to make another one happy. Unfortunately in the case of Geneva to KC, this proved to be a total disaster in every possible way. Which reminds us that some CAs don't exactly join to play the game and get a rude awakening when they come to the island. Infuriating for some viewers but this is the "reality" in local reality shows. Maybe the celebrities should have been enticed with a prize that includes a check with his name that will be given to a charity of his choice. One has to play for something so he/she be motivated to stay on the island.
But Ms Maribel's words are not set in stone so she may change her mind before tribal council. Alyssa is also on the chopping block since she looks ready to go home and hasn't really been on the good side of most of her tribemates. KC feels vulnerable without a partner and and has to continually showcase his fire making skills, charisma, and his male presence during challenges. With that, tribal council could be more interesting specially if this proves to be the event where Richard swears off and addresses the "outwhine" issue of some CAs. Mukhang mahaba ang gabi para sa tribung Bulan.
First of all, kudos to Ion for updating the site. Dotcomers are truly grateful that we still have an official home.
Yesterday's epi was a breath of fresh air after the previous two nights of heartaches and struggles for both CAs and to some viewers who had to watch it. Hopefully, Day 1 exits of CAs will be a thing of the past and new guidelines would be set to avoid this in the future. We can aptly name it the Geneva Protocol if so warranted. Just kidding.
But it didn't mean that current episode would be lacking of any drama and suspense.
The dangers were not only found in camp but in traveling to the challenge site as well. Bulan has been witness to a series of unfortunate events. A tribemate has already quit. Aifha and Alyssa were not in good terms. Even the rice was cooked too salty. But that wasn't as bad as abandoning ship and swimming for your life in the rough seas.
Luckily no one got hurt and some may have just swallowed more water. I guess the zero casualty can be attributed to the preparation and readiness of the CAs and production staff for such events. Hopefully the dotcomer resident expert on zero casualty can blog on this in the future.
My hats off to the Bulan tribe for: 1) having the presence of mind to look out for each other; 2) coping up after the scariest ordeal they have so far as a tribe; 3) for not quitting even though many could have begged off after a traumatizing experience; and 4) turning this experience into something that made the tribe closer. I guess their motto now is, "Whatever doesn't kill (or drown) you, just makes you stronger"
I would assume Doc Ali was again at hand to assist Bulan during the rest period when the challenge was hold off. Its been a busy two days for doc.
I was surprised to see that Bulan was still in high spirits during the start of the challenge. Tala was ready to compete but was a bit caught off guard that Geneva did quit. I wonder if Tala knew what Bulan went through?
I liked the way the challenge was set up. The production team did another great job. The obstacle course did require teamwork. No one could probably climb those six A-frames and pull a crate along the wooden roller coaster like bridge on their own. Wooden plank puzzle pieces were well put together. There was only one way the planks can be arrange to read the message on it.
At stake for this challenge was the immunity idol, roof thatches and rope for a better shelter, and the most important reward of all...a cellphone? What the....ok, one female CA just blurted that out upon seeing Richard holding out some shiny flat thing but it was actually flint. Maybe its one of those high tech flints with a touch screen smart phone. Ms. Maribel was unfazed with the flint since she thinks they can always make fire with bamboo sticks. Uhmm...its been raining like crazy for some time and most of the bamboo are partly wet by now. That flint is gonna be your best friend for now. Then again, losers get their torches lighted in Tribal Council so...
I thought Richard would break into pieces after that "cellphone" blooper but he was really focused. He even completely abandoned his usual back and forth pacing while explaining the challenge.
Bulan's boat accident experience did make them stronger as they were leading the whole time during the challenge. KC gave Bulan a leg up by being the stairs for CA's to climb up the A-frames. Tala had to cover a lot of ground but were not panicking.
But the puzzle solving skills of each tribe "spelled" the difference. Bulan had a good lead but it took time before they realized how to fit the pieces. Tala was just chillin as every wooden plank was being slide across the puzzle board. But then, Ms. Maribel of Bulan was so good that she didn't need the rest of the pieces to solve the puzzle. She proudly blurted the winning phrase.
Unfortunately, you do need to put in the rest of the pieces in order for Richard to declare you the winner. I was amused that during Betong's solo interview he chided about Ms. Maribel being in so much of a rush that she was like trying to call for a taxi.
It proved to be a costly mistake since it gave Tala not only the winning phrase but enough time to complete the puzzle. As Tala eek out a win, Bulan continues to have a string of bad luck.
Forgot to mention that Maey, though she sat out the challenge being the extra member of Tala, was the best cheerleader and prayer leader we've seen since Gef Gaitan of Season 2.
I liked Anglicopter's remark that winning one challenge made her want to win more. KC looked to be the most disappointed guy in Bulan since he didn't want to go to Tribal Council. Ms. Maribel seemed to be the most remorseful because of the number of mistakes she made.
I guess there were no MVPs in this challenge. As the winning phrase said, "Ang tagumpay ng isa ay tagumpay ng lahat". But then, Richard revealed the latest twist in the form of a "temptation reward". Only one pair chosen by the members of the winning tribe could get it. Somehow, alliances may play a part on who would get it. Victory for all does not mean equal share of the spoils.
Well, the episode was way better than the last two. We saw Bulan coping up from a tragic event, become a better tribe from the experience, and almost dominate a challenge. Its a story that you wished had a happy ending. But Tala had already established themselves as a tribe one to two days earlier. The patience they had made the come from behind win possible.
The next episode would focus on the Temptation Reward. Whether they are sent to Temptation Island or get tempted by Richard himself is still not known. If Solenn, Heart, Lovi, Marian, and Ruffa are in that island why go back in the game? :) Lets watch tonight to see who gives in to their desires.
Nope I'm not promoting a teleserye in a rival tv station. The title could have been "Disturbia" or "One Less Lonely (Crazy) Girl" but I feared the backlash from dotcomers who are part time Justin Beiber fans.
But the drama did peak in this episode. For me, it was the longest Day 1 for any season of survivor (local or US version) and probably the longest day for KC too. We'll get back to this heart breaking and for some, nose-bleeding or even mental draining drama later.
It was a very cold night for the rest of the castaways. The first night was an "initiation" of sorts for CAs as they unfortunately get a "rude awakening" of how bad it is in the island. It almost always rains in the first night and other conditions make it difficult to get some decent sleep. But this could be a good experience for the CAs since they will strive to improve their shelter and camp conditions.
But before things got colder, John was getting warm with the girls because he was revealed to be a "lady's man". Then, Bulan BFFs Aifha and Alyssa reached a boiling point during their bonfire session. It felt like things were falling apart for a tribe that looked strong judging by the individual players they had. It was a normal argument by BFF standards and hopefully they would kiss and make up.
Unfortunately, Alyssa had other things to worry about besides the cold shoulder treatment she felt she was getting from Aifha. She was shivering cold the whole night and tried moving from the bonfire to the shelter and back to the bonfire just to find some sort of warmth. Some of the guys offered "free hugs" but the poor girl wasn't sold to the idea. I was amused that Stef rose to the occasion to offer some body warmth but inadvertently embraced Alyssa's butt. In defense to Steff, it would be difficult to distinguish Alyssa's rear and front when she is all covered up from head to toe. Ok, I shouldn't explain further unless I get into more trouble.
It wasn't much fun for Tala since they still didn't have fire to begin with. But unlike Bulan, there was no heavy drama to speak off. They looked to be the more cohesive tribe and they were actually planning for the upcoming challenge looking for strength and weaknesses in each one. Now if they can only take advantage of Isabel's singing and dancing talents. That's Entertainment didn't really prepare Chuckie and Isabel for island life so we can let this pass.
Morning of Day 2 showed a lot of promise for the CAs to get another fresh start in camp life. Hopefully, the upcoming challenge will provide the much needed flint for tribes to secure their camp fires.
Ellen looks to be the sleeping princess for this season. I don't think she minds it as long as Filo is the prince charming to wake her up.
Its as if we hadn't seen enough already, yes, they were still filming Geneva. To put emphasis: "OMG! No one's protecting her. They are still filming her." It appeared that the production staff had its small camp in the island. This allowed Geneva to continue to cry some more out of view of her tribemates but recorded for the rest of the viewers to see. Sure, some of us had to painfully watch over and over again the same complaints she had in yesterday's epi but we were warned earlier by teasers to expect this.
Finally, Doc Ali carefully positioning herself as she observes Geneva from a distance. I think this is SOP for observing patients outside the confines of the doctor's office and in the absence of a lying couch. Well, doc did try her best but I guess more sessions are needed once they get back in Manila. A lot has been said about Geneva considering it was still early in the game but hopefully she got the proper medical treatment and lots of continuous and outpouring love from family and friends. So ends Geneva's journey in SPCDE. As crazy as it was for her during her stay, we hope she doesn't hate SP. Geneva, please don't ever want to hate SP.
But hold on, where's the boat? I feel that KC, Doc Ali, and the rest of the production crew were also asking the same question for the past hours that Geneva was having her outbursts. If the boat is unavailable get the sea plane. ASAP.
KC knows he's on his own but I guess he will get a lot of sympathy votes from his tribemates. He did bring fire and can still be the silent leader when he gets back to camp. Being without a partner could be a good thing since he is less of a threat and could even be a "free agent" for any pair who wishes to have an alliance with him. He doesn't have to look out for someone and lose focus on the game. Sure it would be harder to build a relationship with strangers but he was already struggling with the partner that he had. As mentioned in the last post, he would have literally and figuratively carried Geneva through out the game.
Finally lets review the reputations earned and "tarnished" so far. Geneva, well lets leave the public to decide but hopefully she is doing better. John is a lady's man. Aifa and Alyssa are not the best of friends. Ellen will be the "sleeper" this season. KC has "One Less Lonely(Crazy) Girl" to worry about. Maey has a sweet tooth on sugar cane. Steff gives the best "free hugs". Isabel was labeled "mataray". Chuckie is "I don't care if I don't please everyone. This is me." Betong is well, still needs to earn the reputation of having a good english slang.
I guess there are so much more reputations to be earned and tarnished since its just Day 2. Finally! A challenge in the next episode. But if you think the drama is over, wait for tribal council.
Well. They did promise twice the drama. No wonder SPCDE is edging out teleseryes in the same timeslot. Some CAs are even trending on twitter.
We have been constantly reminded of the dangers in the island. But nothing has prepared the CAs for the most dangerous creature they would have to face: their partners.
Yup. It didn't take long (its still Day 1 and the sun hasn't set yet) for trouble to brew in paradise. An ex couple opening up old wounds. BFFs quarreling not over boys but if they should walk out (or swim out?) of the island. Arnold entertaining Aifha's advances (yes, this could be trouble if the real boyfriend pops up later in the competition). Angelicopter being the new doc ferds (the boss). Most unfortunate of events in this episode is Betong still getting lost in translation.
I'll say it again. The game has barely started and spirits are low in the two tribes. Bulan's woes are eclipsed by the fact that Geneva has been crying her heart out while walking aimlessly on the beach. Ms. Maribel's cooking of rice in bamboo didn't help raise the morale of the group since it was deemed too salty. Arnold even went on to say he hoped it was the last time to eat it. Why is no one taking survivor cooking classes with Marlon Carmen before they go to the island?
Geneva is totally out of her element and if we are to believe KC, had so much emotional baggage going into this competition. KC would later say it was probably the wrong time for her to be on SP. Wrong time. Wrong place. Probably wrong partner too. Hopefully if she changes her mind about quitting, KC should try to be a better emotional crutch to lean on.
Geneva also stated she couldn't play the game because it would involve telling lies. She would rather earn her 3 million in the "real world". Just my two cents. I don't think you can avoid lies if someone earns a living being a showbiz celebrity and endorser. You can't avoid cameras too.
Just the same, KC time and again tried to console Geneva and even said that preparations were being made for a boat so they could leave the island. Then again, they are just probably waiting for the island psychologist to arrive. Its like telling a kid you are going to buy ice cream but forgot to mention about the dentist appointment. You don't really want Geneva shouting "I'm not the crazy girl for this season."
I do appreciate Geneva for thinking about her son Heaven during all this. It would help her get perspective if she wants to continue or not. Forget about doing this for KC and decide whats best for her and her son.
Even if the episode was overshadowed by the Geneva and KC relationship, BFFs Aifha and Alyssa were not doing any better. But as far as BFFs goes, its quite normal to have quarrels and misunderstandings. Whats not normal of course is being covered by a camera crew while you breakdown while sitting on a rock as waves splash. Aifha has got to be the stronger person in the pair since Alyssa is having trouble adjusting to life in the island. I think the doctor's appointment calender will be pretty filled up this season.
Worth mentioning is Gino and Steff being concerned of the quarrels taking place. Hopefully they keep their promise of not ever fighting. Still 35 days to go guys.
Filo seems to show some leadership skills and patience which has surprised Ellen. If it isn't clear why he would have a 180 degree change in attitude, I can give 3 million reasons.
Arnold decides to play the cool cat when its comes to flirting with Aifha. Hopefully, John will still be around to back up Arnold if the boyfriend ever comes visiting the island.
Finally, who needs a script when celebrities actually tend to clash even with the closest of relationships? Sadly, some of the CAs will have to act as baby sitters for their partners this season. The drama does fill up episodes between challenges and tribal council thus avoiding the usual less than entertaining camp life episodes. But if quitting is going to be a trend for this season, a winner might be declared way ahead of the 36 days. I know its still the middle of the week but I really can't wait till the first reward/immunity challenge starts.
I had to say it twice.
The first episode of the Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles Edition (SPCDE) showed us why this season would be twice better than other current reality shows out there. It promises: 1) double the action; 2) double the drama; and 3) two x-factors no other reality show has or can come close to having be it local or international: Betong and Maey. Amazing!
This time around, SP is being hosted by one of the last beach frontiers found in our native soil located at the West Philippine Sea (also known as South China Sea): San Vicente, Palawan. The place looks (again to borrow Betong's line) ...amazing!. Pristine clear waters. Long stretch of ridiculously powder white sand beach. Exotic flora and fauna. Our deepest thanks for the survivor franchise for allowing SP to showcase the beauty of our own places.
Of course, judging by the first episode, they probably shot this in the rainy season. What's SP without facing the elements? And yes, as beautiful as the place is, the CAs have a lot to "whine" about: rain, lack of a decent shelter, limited choices of food, dangerous creatures, and cameras you wish you could just push away everytime its shoved to your face.
Unfortunately this will not be a recap. Yup, as long as I'll be blogging some of the episodes this season, I'll be doing reviews. Hopefully, there are plenty of recaps out there.
The opening sequence was good. The production staff is probably making good use of the research materials from Amaya. The malagnang ritual was cool though I can't help but notice some CA's treating the mud like war paint. The only thing missing was the big wooden ship to ferry the CAs but putting the guys in a wooden cage in the water was way much better.
I also thought allowing Richard to stand on the side of his sea plane was better compared to his usual pacing back and forth while explaining a challenge.
Although teamwork wasn't necessarily the word of the day, the CAs did a decent job "escaping" the cage enough to make Michael Scofield proud. Early in the challenge, KC looks to be the Rob Sy for this season since he would rather that others do the heavy lifting. I hope he doesn't get labelled as "ampao" considering he has a siopao business. (drum roll please)
I think I saw some CAs not going for the bags and were either thinking of two things: a) "screw the items, I'm going for the immunity bracelet" or b) "Help! Help! Help!" I think the rescue divers will be pretty busy this season.
I like Gino and Steff, not only because one of them is my tukayo, but since they analyze the play by play of the CAs so well. Sadly, they can't find an immunity bracelet even if it was like a Phillipine Cobra ready to bite them in the leg (oops! was that a spoiler?) Gino already shock at first day alliances. Welcome to the game brother!
John and Arnold along with Carlo and Arthur will be workhorses in the challenges. I'm still having a hard time accepting John and Arnold's decision to pass up on Carlo and Arthur as tribemates and set up a "bromance buffet". Just kidding. But yeah, I guess John and Arnold wanted to be set up as the alpha males in their tribe.
Back to KC, he wants to be the silent leader of the tribe and frankly he is doing a great job. Instead of a Rob Sy, he can be more of a John Hall unfortunately without the physical dominance. On a personal note, I am so happy, someone had the common sense of using dried (the yellow or brown) bamboo in starting a fire. I can't stand another season with someone hopping to catch fire using green bamboo.
Geneva seems to be aloof for now. Its probably the shock of being in the island. But poking a stick on the ground and not making friends this early will spell disaster in the long run. She even takes time to notice how little food they would get on the crabs that the girls were chasing. I thought she was a vegetarian and once an endorser for PETA? Just like in the challenge, KC gonna literally and figuratively "carry" Geneva until she gets her bearings.
Chuckie and Isabel are doing fine. Hardwork and luck will get them farther. Isang hirit na lang: Isabel, I'll catch a grenade for you! :)
On Ellen and Filo, not much to say but unlike KC and Geneva, they can work separately to meet their goal as a pair.
Alyssa, Aifa, Jackie, and Angelicopter had their fair share of tv time. Maybe they would wow us in the coming episodes.
I think Ms. Maribel will "outshine" her daughter this season. Sure, she will be a "stage mom" for the most part of her stay in the island, but she will be the most glamorous CA so far in any season. She's already talking about being on a reclining chair and wearing a hat and if they allowed her more time maybe she would also describe that young handsome lifeguard she gazes upon while holding a margarita.
Mara is already earning the respect of John and Arnold. She is the athletic competitor. Hey, if the bromance betwenn J&A fails, will mommy Maribel allow her daughter some island romance?
The tribe names were just fine. I wonder why most Filipino folklore and traditions revolve around the night and celestial sky. Ms. Maribel thought Bulan was masculine and Tala was...well feminine. I wonder if Chuckie overheard this and thought "Naman. Pati sa isla ini intriga pa rin ako?"
I barely talked about the school yard pick but I guess after the passing up of a possible Arthur-Carlo-Arnold-John super tribe, things evened out. Which hopefully translates to equally number of wins per tribe. Gender doesn't seem to be an issue for now.
Back on the sacks that lack things for the pack (or tribe). It was funny that some broke their backs only to find "useless things" such as sand and rocks. Who knew a glass could be a good cutting tool? I thought since some CAs had valuable items in their possession, they would be chosen because of these items. Turns out, each tribe were also given "basic" items like a machete. No, not the character Aljur Abrenica played months ago but a long jungle knife or what Geneva would call a "chop-chop".
If you are wondering if I missed something its because I saved the best for last. What were people thinking picking Betong and Maey as the last pair for the Tala tribe? Mark my words. This. Is. The. Best. Pair. Ever. I felt they could have been the third tribe and would have named them Bakunawa. Based on some research, it is the mythical dragon-like snake that rises from the sea and reaches up to the sky to brazenly swallow the moon, was believed to have swallowed the 6 mythical moons considered to be the cause of eclipses. Take that Bulan and Tala!
Don't get their comedy routine fool you. Sure they'll give us plenty of laughs in their solo interviews and their antics around camp but they are the most underrated CAs this season. This early, the pair are the only ones working on the roof for the shelter. They are the only ones speaking in Filipino constantly although Betong is working on his slang other than the word "amazing". It may have been overlooked but I feel Maey has an IQ double of anyone else for this season. I'd have an alliance with them 1000% of the time. In our book, sikat na kayo!
Since I have to end this review, the first episode gave us a good look on what to expect this season. It has exposed weaknesses and strengths of some pairs. I expect the succeeding challenges to be equally or more difficult than the first challenge. The production team looks more inspired this season (because its in Philippine soil?) The immunity idol with twins seem to have a mystery surrounding it. Before the week ends, I hope we get a better understanding on how the season will be played in terms of twists and turns(mysteryo or purgatoryo), immunity idols (hidden or not), and tribal council (will swearing by the host and whining of the CAs be allowed this season?). Of course, things to look forward to are the several leaks made and the if Betong and Maey will be able to improve their english slang. Let me sum up the episode in one word...AMAZING!